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Springville-GI girls modified basketball team concludes its sports season

IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES — Pictured is the Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified basketball team, which recently concluded its season, with a game against Holland. Photo submitted by Karen Reynolds.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified basketball team ended its season with a game against Holland on Feb. 11.

The Lady Griffins dropped their season finale 26 – 4 and finished their season with an overall record of 3 – 9.

“This year, we had one focus in mind: to progress into a basketball team,” said Coach Karen Reynolds. “Although our overall record was 3 – 9, this developing team has improved their game and worked well with one another, on the court.”

The season started with one experienced eighth grader, Carrie Dickinson, who was the leading scorer, while running the show as point guard. Dickinson combined with seventh grader Sydney Rosati, in the back court.

“Carrie led the team in scoring and was our leader, on and off the court” Reynolds said. “Dickinson and seventh grader Sydney Rosati worked, hand-in-hand with one another, at the top of the key and with ball handling. Rosati developed and built her confidence, since the beginning of the season. She was taking more shots and adding more points for the team. Her defensive game is top notch and her ball handling skills are developing. I am looking forward to having her back for another season.”

Leah Frank, MacKenzie Engel, Lexi Sopko and Gabby Pfeifer led the group of post players, in the front court.

“[They’re] very strong rebounders for our team, this season,” Reynolds said. “They ripped down numerous rebounds, throughout the season, and got the ball back in the Griffins’ possession. I haven’t had this strong of post players, in a few years. Now, we just have to get them scoring more, for next year.”

Reynolds called another seventh grader, Ryan Stedman, a “dominating force. She is quick, agile and aggressive,” Reynolds said. “She is our ‘hammer’ and is always there to stop that fast break from going down the court. It does not matter the size of the opponent. The Hammer is stopping the player.”

Eighth graders Madison Pazzuti and Faith Jablonski did not play last year, but came out for the team, this season. Reynolds said that she wished these girls had had the chance to play as seventh graders, last season.

“Their technique and fundamentals are at the top of their team,” she said, about Pazzuti and Jablonski. “Throughout the season, they developed the basketball player instinct and improved their games. Within the last two games, they both landed their first basket of the season, which was a huge accomplishment for them. Lynea Cruz, Ronelle Tadt, Lauren Watkins and Mary Kate Beyer have also been a integral part of this team. Their commitment, support and hard work has improved their fundamentals and game play. I am looking forward to these seventh graders, returning with their team experience, next season.”

CAN’T STOP HER — Springville’s Lexi Sopko (center) looks to put up a shot against Lake Shore. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
Seven Lady Griffins will return, next year. The team will also see additions from the sixth grade class.

Reynolds said that she is proud of her modified team and admires the work her girls have done, in the face of adversity, this year.

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